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Phytoliths from grasses are well documented and broadly applied in some archaeo-botanical studies, whereas sedge phytoliths have received less attention. Since sedge phytoliths appear to be morphologically distinct from those in grasses, they may be of taxonomic importance. Phytoliths from nine samples of modern Cyperus and Scirpus grown in Israel were investigated. Light and scanning electron micrographs of phytoliths are presented. Scanning electron micrographs are included to illustrate high-resolution characteristics not readily visible under the more commonly used light microscope. It is hoped that the information regarding these Israeli sedges will provide plant taxonomists and archaeologists with a descriptive guide to the apparently small range of phytoliths produced by Cyperaceae.

Affiliations: 1: Archaeometry Laboratory, University of Minnesota-Duluth


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